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Wookey Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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2,850 Ratings

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Ratings: 2850
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.71%

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012)
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Photo of Heynow007

New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I have to say that after the rating of 95 by BA and 100 rating by RB, I was expecting something great. Well, let's just say that I was underwhelmed. It's an IPA that dark, so there's some bitterness to it, but not too much. Similar to to great divides IPA. The Tate's is good, but greatly dissapointing for me since I'm a Stout lover. Mouthfeel is bubbly and warm notes of hops, some dark chocolates and fruits.

Overall, it's okay. Nothing great. In the same vein, I'd choose something like great divide Titan IPA instead.

That being said, I recommend stouts. Dogfish Head World wide stout is awesome.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 04:24:46 | More by Heynow007
Photo of kojevergas


2.88/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

650ml brown glass bottle with foiled over pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger khaki head of nice cream and thickness, and great retention for the high ABV. Colour is a solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appealing for the style.

Sm: Floral hops, some pine, must, dark malts, stale malts, and cream. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Unpleasantly aggressive hop bitterness atop clean malts, some floral character, and hints of citrus. Pleasant but unimpressive. There's little complexity or subtlety. It's too bold and aggressive. Overbearing.

Mf: Too sharp. Too thick. Coarse and dry on the climax, but nicely wet on the open.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. A let-down from Firestone Walker, but then I've come to expect that from them.


Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 08:40:04 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Murrhey


2.9/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had as part of the "Reserve Flight" at the Bruery Provisions for its Firestone Walker tap takeover. Poured in a 2oz taster. Reviewed from notes.

A- Thin white head, with decent retention. Deep black color with very little light permeation.

S- My buddy James and I both commented on how "dank" this beer smelled. Like pungent marijuana, rye, chocolate and dark hops. Not a bad smell, just different. Earthy tones.

T- Some darker hops and a middling maltiness. Not blown away by the taste.

M- Medium bodied and wet feel.

O- I was hoping for more, but this was not a bad beer at all.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2012 04:48:26 | More by Murrhey
Photo of kscaldef


3.1/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown with garnet edges. Big think head leaves moderate, irregular lacing. Piney hops mix with toasty dark malt aromas. Medium heavy body with high carbonation. Dark burnt malts dominate the taste with a grassy hop finish. Mild sweetness. A pleasant enough beer, but not a standout.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 20:45:33 | More by kscaldef
Photo of GuzzLah


3.19/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A - pours a dense dark brown-black. Short tan head. A little bit of lacing.

S - let down. Not much going on here. Fresh beer too. Very mild floral, pine and citrus. Some woody funk that appears in many Firestone beers. The rye isn't obvious, but it's there. Mild malty aroma with a dash of hops.

T - is thankfully more robust than the aroma. There is some citrus from the hops and a mild caramel from Midnight Wheat. The rye isn't a major flavor component, but it might add a little spicyness. The flavor isn't bad, but I find it to be rather boring.

M - medium grainy texture with low-medium carbonation. Moderate bitterness with a short sustain.

O - I normally like Firestone beers, but this one was unimpressive and I won't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 00:08:09 | More by GuzzLah
Photo of mactrail


3.2/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Handsome dark brown in the Crooked Line narrow tulip. Beige head foams up nicely. Pleasantly sudsy mouthfeel. Aroma of pineapple and resin is appealing.

The hops overwhelm any malty flavors, so it's hard to tell if there is much roasted barley taste. Has some of the herbacious flavor of many other black IPAs, but returns to the candied mango. A little charcoal. Very bitter in the aftertaste. It just doesn't know when to quit. Fruity and piney at the same time.

This seems to hit the bullseye for this sort-of style, it's black and it's totally hops. Not getting a repeat visit from me. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Liticker's in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 05:31:52 | More by mactrail
Photo of Beaver13


3.28/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a fluffy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts, resiny hops and some spicy rye.

The flavor is roasted dark malts with a weird blend of rye and charred plasticky resiny bitterness. The bitterness is fairly harsh and lingering in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, I really wanted to like this beer, but it just did not mesh at all. It did mellow a bit as I drank it, but still was overly abrasive and unbalanced with off-notes

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 05:47:15 | More by Beaver13
Photo of Bendurgin


3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. This one pourA dark brown with about an inch of frothy light tan head. Nice sticky lace.

The aroma has nice citrus malts with some spicy rye in the background. Some hints of roasted malt in the background. A bit mellow hops on the pallet with some hints of spicy rye. Roasted malts giving a solid backbone.

The body is medium and lingers on the pallet. Soft carbonation. Overall this one is enjoyable. Would like a bit more of a hop presence on the pallet but this one is sound.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 02:02:00 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was bottled on 4/11/13 and is 106 days old. Firestone walker gives their beers 120 days.

Pours black with a thick head of beige foam that fell slowly. Left some lace. Nose is not loud. Piney hops, a smidgen of chocolate, coffee, toasted malt. Grapefruit. Earthy, spicy and a touch of caramel malt. Taste is dark roasted malt. Gentle grapefruit that was a little sourish with some hop bitter. It's smooth and a little heavy not really crisp or biting from the rye. In fact the rye is mellow and not at all bold and has a mellow spice to it. Light resin, a little oily. Moderate carbonation and finishes dry and a bit muddled. Lingering bitter in the after taste with a touch of that grapefruit. I thought this was dull and could have used more pep and more spice.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 23:21:58 | More by utopiajane
Photo of champ103


3.36/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

About time I have put my thoughts down for this one. I have had many bottles, and on tap at several places. Throughout Houston, and elsewhere. Maybe the beer I have had the most of, without a review.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A beige head rises to over two fingers. Rings of lace are left behind.
S: Piny, soapy, oily hops. Orange, grapefruit. Mixed with deep almost burnt caramel malts. Chocolate, light roast. A mess.
T: Again, a mess of piny, oily, orange, and grapefruit like hops with the big malt flavor. Burnt caramel malt with tons of sweetness. Some coffee, and chocolate. Finishes with an everlasting bitterness.
M/D: A full and resinous body. Almost sticky and oily. Moderate carbonation, but just very slick overall. Not hard to drink. Considering, I keep having a pint or bottle when available.

This is a hard review to write. I keep trying this cause I want to like it. Though I keep being let down. Certainly a standard for this style, if that is your thing. I have never been a fan with the clash of hops and big malts. After many tries, this is obviously not for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 04:07:50 | More by champ103
Photo of gillagorilla


3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a Burley Oak tulip (bottled on 2/18/13)

A: A nice very dark brown that has thick strong coffee cream color head that stays for a bit, lots of big bubbles in the head and a nice lacing.

S: Straightforward sweet citrus smell, with a hint of rye and pine co-mingling in there towards the back.

T: It is a straight up roasty black IPA, with the rye coming in and mellowing out the hops. A bit of the citrus pine comes through but fades quickly. There is a nice rye tail that finishes with a malty pine aftertaste. However, the hops have faded quite a bit it seems and the malt bill doesn't hold up to back it up. I think this might actually be a combination of the rye that from other similar beers of this style (that I had fresh), seems to dull the hops, even fresh.

M: There is an even carbonation whose coarseness quickly peters out and is crisp no longer but just feels like bubbles .

O: I was expecting a lot more here, but perhaps I waited too long to try this (4 months). I really like black IPAs and this one didn't do it for me. It was bland and a sub-par black IPA. I will try again with a fresh one later but this is a miss from FW for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 03:53:13 | More by gillagorilla
Photo of TMoney2591


3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Fountainhead.

Figured I'd give this guy a try alongside some other tastiness at Fountainhead. It pours a dark ruby-highlighted black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, pine resin, grapefruit rind, and a kiss of molasses. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grapefruit really coming in stronger and being joined by what seems to be some lime zest. The result, though, comes across as clashing, with the roasty and hoppy factions unwilling to give ground or work together. It's not an altogether awful clash, but it's certainly bloody enough. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a generally solid black IPA, but one whose clashing flavors just don't fully do it for me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2012 15:53:39 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of notchucknorris


3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with a 1/2 finger mocha colored head.

S: At first, I was picking up a lot of tropical notes, especially lychee and overripe mango. As it warms a bit, it begins to smell more of rustic rye, cracked black pepper, some faint overripe mango and a bit of something kind of woodsy that smells a bit like aftershave. Guessing that's the rye too.

T: Starts soft and sweet with mango and honey and some faint citrus hop notes. Finish brings darker flavors of roasted malt, anise, coffee and char. There's a lingering sweetness throughout that isn't helped by the seeming lack of carbonation. It's not a bad beer, but it's not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 20:46:57 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of far333


3.56/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep mahogany colored and opaque. A beige thick head settles out quickly. Low aroma of citrusy hops. Flavors of citrusy hops, morphing to orange rind pith, mix of pine and rye spice. Good balance of hops and malt, leaning more towards the hops, but good presence for the roasty dark malt. Rich and full mouthfeel, creamy, finishes a bit tannic. Good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 22:37:17 | More by far333
Photo of Lordquackingstic

New York

3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Dark black with almost no light penetration with three fingers of an off white head. Tiny bubbles emerge and dance up the side of the glass. Spectacular lacing.

S: Smells like a spicy and tropical IPA to me!

T: Big on the spicy malt notes with a bit of hop bitterness. Not a lot of tropical flavors that the nose had. Good, but sort of weird.

M: Tingly spiciness with a little bit of heat. Medium carbonation.

O: This was my first black IPA, and I can't say I'm a fan. Not bad, just not what I'm in the mood for on a summer night. The nose on this is really awesome and it looks beautiful. Sadly it goes downhill after that. Not much downhill, but still enough to not be my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 04:14:15 | More by Lordquackingstic
Photo of ccrida


3.61/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate brown with a small light tan head leaving very intricate lace.

Smell is cat pee and skuny hops, a little bakers chocolate, which grows as it warms

Taste is big hops, herbal and morso citrus flavor with a big bitter finish. Taste is rich and malty, dark chocolate. Alcohol is a bit to prominent.

Mouthfeel is malty, off dry, med+

Drinkability is pretty good, it's on the big side, more DCDA. Alcohol is spicy and drying, it gets a little tiring after a while.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2013 02:15:23 | More by ccrida
Photo of AlexFields


3.61/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown/near black with a reddish mahogany tint, nice thick head. Looks thinner and somehow different from a stout or porter, but very dark.

Smells of dark piney hops, hints of sweet dark malt, some orange citrus. Pretty pungent hop aroma.

Taste is more of a balance of sweet rich malt and hops; pine again, some chocolate malt, mild bitterness, a little smoke. Not a lot of citrus in the taste, more piney/grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I expected. Pretty good carbonation, just not as thick a body as a lot of beers in this style.


Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 03:58:44 | More by AlexFields
Photo of srandycarter


3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Yep, it's black, or damn close to it. Off white head leaves to ring and islands of head. Some spotty lace.

S - Wow. It is ALL about the hops. Once you get over that, you can pick up some charred malt.

T - Something like a hoppy porter. A little washed out, IMHO.

M - Lighter on all accounts than I had hoped for. Balance veers to the hops. Good carb.

D - Glad to try.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 05:06:28 | More by srandycarter
Photo of tigg924


3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint glass

Appearance: dark-brown in color, 1/2 inch head, opaque, high carbonation

Smell: sweet malt, pine, tropical fruit

Taste: chocolate, pine, charred malt, and cream

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet start with underlying bitterness

Overall: A good not great Black IPA. I like the way the pine and cream interact. That said, I have been blown away by just about every other beer I have had from Firestone Walker and this beer, while good did not do that.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 15:29:44 | More by tigg924
Photo of ppoitras


3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head over the cloudy reddish brown brew. Head lasts and lasts, with chunky lacing. Aroma is pine and spices.

Taste is spicy rye to start, citrus in the middle, and dominant pine bitterness through the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is okay. Wish there was a bit more maltiness to support all the bitter.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 22:51:18 | More by ppoitras
Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quick review...shared with friends.

Looked nice, not much of a head and little lacing. Worried that this might be too old. Smell was piny and sweet. There was some mustiness there too.

Taste is where this let me down a little. I just found it a little mellower than I expected and it seemed to be lacking flavors.

Mouth feel was stickyish with medium carbonation.

Overall, I can't say whether I just had an old bottle, or this beer wasn't for me. I understand the appeal and I wanted to enjoy it more...but I found it average.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 21:40:37 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of TempeBeerMan


3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A – Black with just a hint of brown on the edges of the glass. Massive, meringue-like three-finger head of tan foam with good rentention. Great lacing, but the head sticks to itself more than it does the glass.

S – Burnt grains, charcoal, grapefruit, and pine. Slightest hint of caramel and cocoa.

T – Big burnt grain taste upfront. Notes of charcoal, bakers chocolate, and ash. Piney hops take over in the mid-palate. A spicy rye note becomes present in the finish. One of the better blended black IPA’s I’ve sampled.

M – Medium bodied and carbonated. Works with the flavor profile. Finishes dryer than the desert.

O – No doubt one of the finest examples of the style. Personally, I have never found black IPA’s to my liking, and I've always found the charred grain + super piney hops flavor combination to be a little abrasive. Personal tastes aside, a quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 01:55:15 | More by TempeBeerMan
Photo of Scotchboy


3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, split with my brother, my portion poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Dark brown with lots of khaki head, good lace, carbonation visible on the sides of the glass.

S: Tons of herbal notes, resinous and dank...bitter, earthy, and a bit piney. Chocolate, roasted malt character underneath, just hints of sweetness really. Fairly unique.

T: More of the same here, Zeus hops in this bad boy? Earthy astringent notes, hints of mandarin and blood orange and grapefruit as well. Minimal sweetness as the malts are uncovered, faint bready notes and a distant roasted malt character.

MF: Medium mouth, no alcohol really detected, good carbonation, and good bitterness on the back end.

O: Not sure I care for this one, the hop profile doesn't really do it for me. Seems pretty one-dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 14:16:24 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours reasonably dark. Not black, but very dark brown. Light penetrates the beer's edges. Head is about a half inch high and retains very effectively. Head leaves spirals of lace.

S-Nose is interesting. Sudsy, soapy hops. Also some grapefruit and pine hoppiness too. Spicy rye is not super intense but it is clearly detectable. Light chocolate, coffee and cola. Not sure that I love the hop profile here. I actually find the nose to be an overall slight disappointment.

T-The flavor has a clear beginning and an end. The is an obvious transition too. I enjoy the beer's ending flavor more than its initial taste. It starts off initially bitter with pine and soapy hop then comes the cola and darker malts. It finishes nicely with a more lively burst of citrus hop and a light dabbing of rye.

M-Body is lighter than the ABV would suggest initially. Tingly carbonation. A bit resinous. Pretty dry.

O/D-Not in love with this one. Was expecting to enjoy this more. The flavors aren't my favorite, and they seem to clash with one another. Worth a try but I am left a bit disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 02:45:00 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of fscottkey

New York

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a nonic pint glass. Dark brown with little light making it through. Pours with a massive 4 finger head. The head took up half of the glass. The bubbles are off white and homogenous in size.

S: Powerful dark fruits and hops. Earthy and pungent.

T: I am getting grapes and plums. Hints of bitter coffee. There is a "tartness" due to the bitter finish - but it is not unpleasant.

M: Smooth start - with the right amount of carbonation. Dry finish - but doesn't detract from the overall mouth feel.

O: I wouldn't turn this down - but I am not sure I will seek it out again. It is a nice brew but if I am getting something in this style I prefer Southern Tier Iniquity.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 02:23:57 | More by fscottkey
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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,850 ratings.